The Greeting

Monday, March 11, 2019

Good morning, Berkshire County.  Last night around dinnertime, I momentarily thought windgusts were pushing me around on Route 116 in Savoy. Nope. It was black ice. I hope none of you wrecked. 

Today marks the second day of Daylight Saving Time. I responded with my usual vigor: I hit the snooze button and waited for my cat Fergus to begin scratching the door and yowling for his morning food. It's one of the worst sounds in the world. 

In dog news (no offense, Ferg), Pittsfield is moving forward with its plans for a dog park. This story will likely wreak havoc on our Facebook page, as defenders and revilers of pit bulls cry freedom. The latest bone of contention: dog waste.

In Richard E. Neal news, we bring you a quadruple-sized story package on our representative in the U.S. House; he's now in charge of the Ways and Means Committee, which holds one of the purse strings of the national budget. 

In news of the future, residents of Pittsfield this week can expect the City Council to tackle Mayor Linda Tyer's plan to give homeowners zero-interest loans for exterior renovations, solar development regulations and a bag ban that stumped councilors during the previous meeting.

In gun news, two people have been arrested in connection with a weekend shooting in which no one was hurt; one of the suspects is a juvenile. 

And please do check out these other Eagle news and feature stories:

57 DEGREES OF SEPARATION: Good news on the weather front, as temperatures are expected to climb to 57 degrees on Friday. 

GREEN TRADE-OFF: A California firm wants to clear-cut a hillside between Route 20 and Goose Pond to make way for a 5-megawatt solar array.

STEEEEE-RIKE!: The union that represents Stop & Shop workers voted to OK a strike on Sunday.

A RESPECT FOR ART AND CULTURE: Students in Northern Berkshire are getting to experience and appreciate other cultures through art at the county's museums.

Very best,

Noah Hoffenberg,
Berkshire Eagle online editor

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The News

Pooch park planned for Pittsfield

PITTSFIELD — The city hopes that giving dogs their own space to roam free will mean fewer issues at other Pittsfield parks. And the issue that's currently stinking up the mix: excrement."We … more

Though progressives stir, Neal's hold firm on Democratic center

U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal fended off his last Democratic primary challenger and faced no opponent in November. But voters can turn against incumbents.They did that last year by picking Ayanna … more

Recap of Ways and Means hearings to date under Neal

So far in the 116th Congress, the House Ways and Means Committee led by U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal has held the following hearings on these topics:Jan. 29: Protecting Americans with pre-existing … more

The ways, and means, of Richard E. Neal

Even after 30 years on Capitol Hill, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal of Massachusetts awaits his defining moment.It's coming.The new House Ways and Means Committee chairman, so familiar to folks here at … more

Milestones in life of Richard E. Neal

Feb. 14, 1949: Born in Worcester, but raised in Springfield. His mother died when he was 13. After the death of his father, a custodian at MassMutual Life Insurance Co., Neal and two younger sisters … more

Look Ahead, Pittsfield: Construction coming to downtown, 4th of July Parade woes

We've got a big capital project that will soon make waves downtown, financial concerns surrounding our annual Fourth of July Parade, a ban on single-use plastic bags and the mayor's home … more

Ruth Bass | Johnny Pignatelli leaves a host of cherished memories for Berkshirites

RICHMOND — We were watching television with a visiting friend, a doctor from Rhode Island, when the electric heat baseboard near the TV gave a little crackle and spat a flame. We stopped … more

Two arrested in Pittsfield shooting incidents; no injuries reported

PITTSFIELD — Two people are facing charges in connection with a pair of shooting incidents in the city on Saturday.Alexandra Mitchell, 21, and a 17-year old male were arrested after a traffic … more

The Weather


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The Business

42 acres in Lee eyed for 5-megawatt solar array

LEE — A California firm wants to clear-cut a hillside between Route 20 and Goose Pond to make way for a 5-megawatt solar array.Cypress Creek Renewables of Santa Monica plans to spend $10.5 … more

'Real team effort' helped bring new market to Adams after Big Y closure

ADAMS — Welcome to Adams, Adams.That was the message from local officials in the lead-up to Adams Hometown Market's announcement Wednesday that it plans to buy the former Big Y on Myrtle Street … more

Western Mass. Stop & Shop union authorizes strike

Unionized workers at Stop & Shop supermarkets in Western Massachusetts are a step closer to walking a picket line.Nearly 250 members of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1459 of … more

Great Barrington planners get pushback on zoning for downtown density, marijuana processing

GREAT BARRINGTON — The concerns ranged from marijuana growing facilities to what you can build in your backyard. Residents at Thursday's public hearing for the Planning Board's proposed zoning … more

The Learning

Classroom of the Week: Creating a culture of respect through art and middle school

WILLIAMSTOWN — As her classmates began moving on to another exhibit at the Williams College Museum of Art, Mount Greylock Regional School seventh-grader Luka Lash-St. John lingered in front of … more

The Landscape

How urban renewal shaped downtown Adams

As urban renewal swept through the Berkshires, beginning in the 1960s and lasting into the early 1970s, municipalities razed entire neighborhoods and business districts in an effort to revitalize … more

John Seven | Viewer's Discretion: 'Doctor Who,' film on British oddball worth making time for

British oddball and Renaissance man Chris Sievey isn't well-known in America beyond his image, which was used in the film "Frank" as a symbol of outsiders and oddballs who create music outside the … more

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The Snap

People receive ashes from Brother Kenneth Kaigle, a Benedictine monk, at All Saint's Berkshire Episcopal Church on Summer Street in North Adams on Wednesday morning. more

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